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Untitled (Seven Headed Dragon)

ca. 1968 David Butler Born: Good Hope, Louisiana 1898 Died: Morgan City, Louisiana 1997 paint on tin 36 1/4 x 26 1/4 in. (92.1 x 66.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 2014.6.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, West Wing


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David Butler fashioned a garden of pounded, cut, and painted metal forms around his Louisiana house. His sculptures fuse biblical imagery with characters from his dreams. The tiered layers, attached parts, and cut-out shapes created an animated array as wind and sunlight played across his installation. Butler, with other African Americans across the South, blended Christian beliefs with folk practices to create spaces that felt self-determined and protective in a world that was often harsh and unpredictable.

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Fantasy - dragon

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About David Butler

Born: Good Hope, Louisiana 1898 Died: Morgan City, Louisiana 1997

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